Natesa – UPSC Prelims

Natesa:
  • Natesa is a rare sandstone idol from the Pratihara Style of Rajasthan.
  • It is originally from the Ghateswar Temple at Baroli, Rajasthan.
  • Features: The sandstone Natesa figure stands tall at almost 4 ft in a rare and brilliant depiction of Shiva.A beautiful depiction of Nandi is shown behind the right leg of the Natesa icon.”
  • Why in News? Natesa, a rare sandstone idol has been retrieved after 22 years by the Rajasthan police after it was smuggled to the UK.

Pratihara Style: 
  • It is a famous temple architecture belonging to the Gurjara-Pratihara dynasty of Rajasthan.
  • They ruled much of Northern India from the mid-8th to the 11th century.
  • The Gurjara-Pratiharas were instrumental in containing Arab armies moving east of the Indus River.
  • Important Rulers: Nagabhata II, Mihir Bhoj and Mahenedra pal I.
  • Significance: They are known for their sculptures, carved panels and open pavilion style temples.
  • The greatest development of their style of temple building was at Khajuraho now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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